Gorge bridge broken
Premier rejects chlorine-free
ACCESS to Mossman Gorge has been dealt a blow right at the height of the tourist season with the Rex Creek suspension bridge closed after cracks were found.
The bridge leads to the popular rainforest walk which has also been stopped until the bridge is repaired.
But visitors to the Gorge can still access the Baral Marrjanga rainforest boardwalk and the river walk that both start from the car park.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Wet Tropics regional manager Andrew Millerd said for public safety reasons the bridge had to be closed after cracks were found in some of the handrail supports.
The QPWS is consulting with engineers regarding what repairs are needed and there is no indication at this stage as to when the bridge can reopen. QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has quashed any hopes of changing his mind on water chlorination despite backing down on water fluoridation.
In parliament on June 20, the Premier said he was happy to look at the rollout of fluoridation in Queensland.
“Certainly, we would not be removing it from any location where it exists already, but the idea of forcing certain communities right now to put it in and incur the cost - that is something I am more than happy to have a look at,” he told Parliament.
“It is very expensive infrastructure and there are ongoing operating costs and particularly if the communities were against it . . . I am happy to talk to the member if he has a concern about a particular location in his electorate.”
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg agreed with the Premier and said he remains open to local arguments about the staging, rollout and cost of fluoride infrastructure.
The Gazette contacted Premier Newman to find out if the State Government would consider doing the same for chlorine but he ruled it out.
“Reviewing legislation doesn’t create a precedent,” he said.
“The LNP will not remove fluoride from any locations where it already exists.”
Bridge to nowhere: repairs underway at Mossman Gorge